Dave Cieslewicz

It had looked like there would be a presumptive Democratic nominee for president before the Wisconsin presidential primary on April 7. But that might no longer be the case. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

The governor has announced that he’s appointing a nonpartisan commission to draw new legislative maps. Unfortunately, the Republican Legislature will do everything it can to undermine a fair process. Read more

Opinion 2 Comments

Iowa is a good place to start a presidential nominating process. Read more

Citizen Dave 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Milwaukee Brewers may be wasting a year of the Christian Yelich era by not ponying up for elite talent this offseason. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

After almost two years of work and no less than 90 meetings, a city task force has issued its recommendations for reorganizing city government. Read more

Citizen Dave 3 Comments


Carolyn Fath Ashby

Joe Parisi has been running Dane County for close to a decade. He oversees an operating budget of $594 million, about 74 percent more than the city’s $341 million budget. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments

Tony Evers made a mistake when appointing a career utility lawyer to be the PSC chair. He should do better this time. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

A frequent topic of conversation for members of the Hoan Group is the generational transfer of power. Read more

News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Populism on the right or left does not appeal to me. I might no longer qualify as a liberal. I’m a moderate. Read more

Citizen Dave 5 Comments


Carolyn Fath Ashby

Under Sharon Corrigan’s leadership, the Dane County Board of Supervisors saw more women supervisors and a greater level of cooperation. She is stepping down to move back to Illinois. Read more


Here are some ideas for your reading list. Add your own faves in the comments section. Read more

Citizen Dave 10 Comments

Citizen Dave was forced into early retirement as Santa, but he’s still a rebel without a clause. Read more

Citizen Dave

When considering Tony Evers’ performance, it’s important to first give thanks for who he’s not. Read more

Opinion 4 Comments

Boris Johnson abandons Brexit, Madison school board hires pragmatic educator, and other stories that won’t actually happen in 2020. Read more

Citizen Dave


Glenn Trudel

Former Mayor Joel Skornicka was a no-nonsense, effective leader who was kind and ruled without ego. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments


John December

Many Madisonians have long pined for a public market and a modern mass transit system. Meanwhile, roughly 80 miles away, Milwaukee has ticked both off of its to-do list. How did the city do it and what can Madison learn? Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 13 Comments


David Michael Miller

WPR’s Derailed podcast shares a lot about what happened to the proposed high-speed rail link between Milwaukee and Madison. But there’s more to the story. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

The deer population is exploding and the number of hunters keeps going down. Heroic efforts by the DNR and various hunting and fishing groups to recruit non-traditional groups have met with limited success. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

In an uncertain world it’s nice to know exactly where you’ll be just before sunrise on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Republicans in the state Senate have so completely rigged the system through gerrymandering and voter suppression that they believe they don’t have to act even on popular proposals or bother to tell the public why. It could be their downfall. Read more


Hizzoner argues his approach to Madison’s flood threat covers the “complexity” of the causes and solutions to flooding; a Catholic remains faithful through “poor leadership” of Bishop Morlino, who recently died. Read more


Bill Keys was a widely respected Madison West high school English teacher and later a member of the Madison school board. While he was there the board tied itself in knots over the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school d Read more

Opinion 7 Comments

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Rocky Marcoux, Milwaukee’s development commissioner, on riding The Hop: “It’s a hip way to get around.”

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Duke Welter, outreach coordinator of the Driftless Area Restoration Effort: “The impacts of floods are very different in places where we’ve restored the flood plain.”

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Luke Zahm, owner of the Driftless Café in Viroqua: “Trout fishing opens the door for people to come here.”

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Bill Baldon: “Fly fishing allows a deeper connection with the environment.”

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    Kriss Marion buys some vegetables from vendor and supporter Jenny Bonde of Hollandale at the Mineral Point Farmers Market.

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    Dave Cieslewicz

    A natural extrovert, Marion enjoys chatting with people at farmers’ markets, parades and rural fundraisers.